Splinter, a supercar made of wood at the Essen Motor Show


Splinter, the supercar of wood takes shape at the Essen Motor Show

Without a doubt one of the more exotic that you’ll find at the Essen Motor Show is the Splinter “Splinter”. This is a supercar two-seater mid-engine and propulsion back manufactured mostly in wood. The material biodegradable has been used in every possible part of the sports including chassis, interior, tires and suspensions.

was Born as a project of the graduate of the University of the State of North Carolina. Its creator, Joe Harmon, ensures that wood is a material that has a best strength to weight ratio of steel and aluminum the applications of which might surprise many.

The Splinter has a chassis monocoque constructed entirely of wood with a large number of components, all of them made with a custom mold and joined to each other. The body is made with wood veneer and coated with a fabric cherry hand made.


Even the central area of the wheels are made of wood

tires employing this material in large part, each of which is composed of more than 275 pieces. Equipped with tires Michelin Pilot Sport 2 in action 265/35 ZR19 in front and 335/30 ZR20 behind with a braking system of six, and two pistons respectively. The suspensions are made with sheets of wood on the front axle, and even the address has multiple pieces of wood.

Mounts a V8 engine Small Block 7.0-liter in the rear center position, the power has not been specified but it is expected that ronde 700 HP sent to the rear axle by means of a six-speed manual transmission.